Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — June 9, 2017

NORTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal said charges are coming to a conclusion against a group of individuals that fled when caught riding motorized vehicles on land enrolled in the Hunter Access program. They were later apprehended, and criminal charges were filed.

Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago said charges were filed against a Crawford County man for having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. He was given a warning for not having his hunting license with him.

Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman testified in a revocation hearing held in Harrisburg. The defendant shot an antlerless deer and failed to tag it as required, and then went out several days later and shot another one. His privileges were suspended for three years.

Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin said violators dumped several dozen tires, an old couch, and a refrigerator at various locations along Reed’s Furnace Road on State Game Land 130. A large, old console TV was dumped in a parking area on SGL 294 along Delaware Road.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges have been filed against an individual for shooting and killing a juvenile sharp-shinned hawk. The hawk was in a tree on his neighbor’s property, and he was within several safety zones. He faces fines and penalties up to $900.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda said charges have been filed against an individual for possession of marijuana in the Allegheny National Forest. The drug was discovered while the individual was helping to stock fish for the Fish & Boat Commission.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges have been filed against two individuals for dumping garbage from their vehicles along the road.

SOUTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a man pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing an antlerless deer during a closed season. The man was hunting in WMU 1A after the late flintlock muzzleloader season had closed, but also killed the deer using a shotgun. In addition to the closed-season violation, the man pleaded guilty to hunting without a valid license, not displaying the required amount of fluorescent orange and failure to retrieve the deer after the killing. Fines and replacement costs totaled $2,300. The man’s hunting partner also pleaded guilty to charges related to the unlawful killing.

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a woman pleaded guilty to littering while on lands open to hunting. The subject cleaned accumulated trash from her vehicle while parked in a parking lot at SGL 285 in South Beaver Township. Materials in the trash included the subject’s W-2 forms and tax preparation documents, as well as nearly 40 other pieces of rubbish.

Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports that a Greene County resident was charged with dumping garbage on lands open to public hunting. He was found guilty during trial and ordered to clean the area up and pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.

Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger said three hunters were found guilty of hunting through the use of bait and unlawful taking of game or wildlife after they were found to have killed two antlered deer in a baited area during the firearms season.

Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports a hunter was found guilty at trial for injuring another person in a hunting-related shooting incident. The hunter shot at a pheasant that had circled back toward a line of hunters and the shot struck another hunter in both legs.

Somerset County WCO Zachary Edwards reports that a case involving the illegal taking of a bear during the 2016 rifle bear season recently was adjudicated with the defendant paying $4,100 in costs.

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that several individuals from out of state were charged for multiple violations at the SGL 50 shooting range. The four were shooting over the maximum number of rounds without permits or licenses and even discharged a black-powder cannon while on the range.

McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble said individuals who were camping in the Allegheny National Forest took possession of a road-killed deer without acquiring the required permit from the Game Commission. Charges have been filed.

Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reports that two Trout Run residents pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a March 19 incident in Pine Township, Lycoming County. The two pleaded guilty to one count each of operating a snowmobile on SGL 75. The defendants each were ordered to pay a $100 fine.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against a Bradford man for being in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia while fishing on state game lands.

McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik is investigating an incident near the VFW on the West Eldred Road in Eldred Township. On May 3, a man and woman were observed digging out a fox den to get to the pups, despite being told not to do so. They left the area before Sabolcik could respond.

Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports five underage males were found drinking beer and whiskey around a campfire on SGL 28 the afternoon prior to the opening of trout season. They had a large portable speaker playing loud music, which drew the officer’s attention. None had identification. Citations where filed for the possession and consumption of alcohol on game lands.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer and DWCO Jerry Schickling encountered a turkey hunter departing from his vehicle on the opening day and hour of spring turkey season. A routine field check revealed the person possessed an unplugged tactical shotgun and also had incorrect ammunition that didn’t match the firearm.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Bedford County WCO Brandon Pfister said a Hopewell man has pleaded guilty to trapping without a license and unlawful taking. Fines and costs total $1,750.

Cumberland County WCO Timothy L. Wenrich reports a local man recently pleaded guilty to making a false statement in order to secure a hunting license. He had never taken the required Hunter-Trapper Education course, or fit any of the criteria that would have made him exempt.

Cumberland County WCO Timothy L. Wenrich reports one hunter was issued a citation for failure to lawfully tag his turkey harvest.

Snyder and Juniata counties WCO Harold J. Malehorn filed one citation against an individual for locating game from a motor vehicle and failing to go 25 yards off the road before shooting, and another citation against the same individual for failing to wear the required orange hat while hunting groundhogs. He was given two warnings.

Mifflin County WCO Amanda M. Isett reports two individuals were warned for taking a fox kit from the wild and not calling the Game Commission or a local Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

Cumberland County Waterways Conservation Officer David Hurst concluded an investigation of Impersonating a Police Officer from the opening day of trout season on Yellow Breeches Creek. Criminal charges were filed against a local licensed medical professional for portraying himself as a Deputy Waterways Conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission as he initiated law enforcement contact with multiple anglers on a portion of this stocked trout water.

Dauphin County Waterways Conservation Officer Mark Sweppenhiser investigated a boating accident on the Susquehanna River involving a personal watercraft that was swept over the Dock Street Dam. A father and son launched their jet skis during rain swollen conditions and immediately encountered mechanical difficulties. The father got to shore. After abandoning his disabled watercraft and swimming to a nearby island, the son was rescued and taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia. Citations were filed for Negligent Operation Of Watercraft and Expired Watercraft Registration.

York County  Waterways Conservation Officer Rachael Thurner-Diaz recently responded to and investigated a boating accident on Pinchot Lake. A local high school group was participating in a paddling field trip, when one of the canoes capsized as a result of unanticipated deteriorating weather conditions. School staff rescued the student paddlers from the cold water, one of which was transported to the York Hospital for hypothermia. All boaters were wearing life jackets.

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports violations were found at a hunting camp in the Shunk area on the opening day of spring gobbler season. Three individuals were hunting turkeys with a corn feeder nearby, and the camp owner was attempting to unlawfully entice bears with food.

Bradford County WCO Eric Kelly reports multiple charges are pending against an individual from Columbia Crossroads after a road-hunting incident in Burlington Township.

Northeast Region Conservation Administration Supervisor John Morack reports that a Schuylkill County man pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded 10-gauge shotgun that was mounted on the handlebars of the motorcycle he was operating. The violation took place south of Locust Gap in East Cameron Township. The man was ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $384.50.

Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports that covert cameras placed on state game lands and public access properties have already yielded close to 10 citations in 2017 for unlawful activities. Illegal dumping, unlawful ATV riding, and possession of alcohol all were observed and investigated.

Susquehanna County WCO Ben Rebuck reports investigated several cases of baiting during the first two weeks of the spring gobbler season.

Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner is seeking information related to the dumping of automotive parts and other garbage in the SGL 300 parking lot on Salem-Mountain Road in Carbondale in April.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

Southern Luzerne/Southern Columbia County WCO Aaron Lupacchini investigated a logging operation along the Nescopeck Creek in Butler Township, Luzerne County, recently. No Erosion and Sediment controls were in place and the logging operation had several unpermitted stream crossings which lead to sediment pollution at multiple points on several tributaries as well as Nescopeck Creek.  The responsible party made the necessary improvements at the site and settled the violations on a Settlement Agreement for $5,000.

Southern Carbon/Southwest Monroe County WCO Scott Christman responded to a reported dump truck accident in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. The truck was overturned into Mill Creek spilling diesel fuel, antifreeze as well as 25 tons of regulated fill dirt material in and along Mill Creek, a tributary to Aquashicola Creek, a stocked trout water. After clean-up  the responsible party settled the violation on a Settlement Agreement for $2,500.

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